Graduates who complete the Minor will acquire a conceptual framework for reflecting on and understanding the methodological and ethical challenges of current scientific and medical research. The Minor extends the conception of science literacy from an understanding of scientific facts to a broader understanding of how science works, including an understanding of scientific rigor, the significance of replicability and replication, error, the possibilities and challenges involved in collaborative practices, and the role of values in science. Students will be acquainted with a broad set of ethical issues, including questions of authorship and publication ethics, expertise and the evidential basis for science policy decisions, and responsible communication both within science and beyond.
The student will complete the following two courses:
HPSC-X 540 Scientific Methods: How Science Really Works
HPSC-X 511 Science, Values, and Objectivity.
In consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine or the Minor representative, students may substitute either HPSC X 540 or X 511 (but not both) with one of the following courses: HPSC-X 507 Survey of History of Science since 1750 (3 cr.) or HPSC-X 551 Survey of the Philosophy of Science (3 cr.). Or, if appropriate, either HPSC X 540 or X 511 (but not both) may be substituted with an upper-level HPSC special topics course related to the student’s Major.